Village Hall Update June 2020

The Village Hall sub-committee of Parracombe Community Trust held it’s inaugural meeting on the 4th of March. The committee will be responsible for the day to day running of the Hall under the umbrella of the Trust. An enthusiastic committee was appointed with Keith Denby, as chair and Helen Minns secretary until the AGM in September 2020. Other members are Nick Backhouse, Simon Young, Jaye Jones, Linda Blanchard, Karen Farrington, John Minns, Juliet de Falbe, and Alison Smith.

There’s a lot to be done and our enthusiasm has been somewhat hampered by lockdown but some of the planning is underway. The immediate need is to make sure that the building remains safe, sound and watertight. Committee members will inspect the fabric of the building , carry out assessment of fire risk, and ensure that the kitchen and toilets meet necessary hygiene standards. We also need to ensure running costs can be covered as far as possible from Hall hire fees so others are looking at long term budgeting and making the booking and payments system easy to use for all.

After a few difficult years where the hall and village events survived due primarily to the heroic efforts of Sue Rawle and Karen Farrington the Hall is now owned by the Parish and we can at last begin the exciting job of planning for the future. Over the coming months (and when it is safe to do so) we want to build an exciting programme of events where there is something for everyone. Regular events like the charity coffee mornings , craft group and exercise classes we hope will continue but we need to look for new ideas too. If you would like to run events at the hall or you have a great idea for something but need help please do get in touch and we will try to make it happen.

We also need plans to upgrade the hall to make better use of the space and make it generally more attractive place to be. Over the coming months there will be a chance for everyone to make comments and help build a plan for the future. Of course, that will take money and we will need grants to help. So here is some great news, our chairman successfully applied for a Business Rates Grant in April and we now have a cracking £10,000 to help us deal with essentials as soon as we can do so safely.

We are of course now waiting for the lockdown to be eased and news that we can re-open the Hall and enjoy meeting you all again.

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